What to Do in October? Check Out These Five Festivals

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Woofstock in Smyrna is one of the many fall festivals on tap this weekend and in October.

As the humidity fades and the leaves turn, fall in the South is a beautiful, if not a short-lived, opportunity for all sorts of outdoor occasions. With cooler weather approaching, there’s no shortage of events, fairs and festivals to take advantage of in the Atlanta area this October.

1. Georgia Blues & Roots Festival – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
The first annual Georgia Blues & Roots Festival will be held just northwest of town at the Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre. The festival will feature 12 artists, including Jarekus Singleton and Big Bill Morganfield, and will host a blues dancing demonstration and beginners harmonica workshop in addition to a plethora of local food and drink vendors. Lawn tickets can be purchased starting at $15. Buy tickets and learn more>>

2. Woofstock – Saturday, Oct. 1
This year’s Pets in the Park, held on the Village Green in downtown Smyrna, features a dog show of diving and performing tricks, pet adoptions, food trucks, a beer garden, inflatables for kids, and arts and crafts. The event is free and begins at noon. Learn more>>

3. Fall Fest – Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 1-2
The Candler Park Festival has been hailed by City of Atlanta, Scoutmob, and the AJC as a must-do for fall. This year’s 16th annual festival features two days of music, 200+ artists and vendors, a Tour of Homes, a 5K and a 1K Fun Run, kids area and a wide selection of Atlanta’s food trucks. The event is free and an estimated 15,000 daily festival-goers are expected. Learn more>>

4. Great Atlanta Beer Fest – Saturday, Oct. 8
This will be the sixth year of the Great Atlanta Beer Fest and the last year it will be held at Turner Field. From 1-6 p.m., the field will be home to 150+ different beers to sample from Atlanta, the Southeast and all over America. A small selection of wine also will be available, along with a healthy list of ciders. In addition to live music, college football will be played on the big screen and smaller screens throughout the event. Tickets are $40 in advance, $45 after Sept. 29, and $55 the day of the event. Learn more>>

5. Elevate (Art Downtown) – Thursday, Oct. 13-Friday, Oct. 21
Elevate is a temporary public art program hosted seasonally in downtown Atlanta by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. Elevate Atlanta offers music and dance performances, public art installations, galley exhibits and street art involving more than 100 artists. The free event aims to enhance the cultural offerings in downtown Atlanta and highlight what makes the city unique. While events are held across downtown, some sight-specific areas include South Broad Street and Underground Atlanta. Learn more>>

Jay Ingram (J.D. ’16) is from Birmingham, Alabama. He majored in international business at Auburn University and has an interest in sports and entertainment law. In his free time, Ingram enjoys playing soccer and following the growing music scene in Atlanta.

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